Perhaps having seen thousands of angry local Muslims getting all angryfied perilously close to the Royal Ontario Museum’s nice new Swarovski crystal extension, the Science Center’s doing some pre-emptive bombing prevention with their new exhibit: How Muslims Invented Everything in the Whole Wide World (Except Suicide Bombers, Which Were Totally the Sikhs’ Idea).
Too bad its all a load of (tax dollar supported) crap:
But Davies errs above in ascribing to Islam belief in a world that is ordered in a rational and intelligible way. In Koranic theology, Allah is absolutely powerful and bound by nothing. Therefore to even suggest that there could be such things as ‘Laws of Nature’ was tantamount to a denial of Allah’s sovereignty and power, an idea blasphemous in the eyes of powerful Islamic theologians of the past. In practice this lack of assurance in a predictable dependable God can result in a ‘fearful fatalistic apathy,’ which Winston Churchill remarked upon as a common tendency in Muslims.
Such assertions only highlight the discomfiture of those who make them. For if Muslims really did make innovations in aerodynamics, astronomy, and other fields long before Europeans did, what happened then? Why were the Europeans the ones who made use of these discoveries for technological advancement? (…)
If Islam contained the seeds of the high level of cultural attainment that the Islamic world enjoyed at its apex, why has it been unable to reverse its precipitous decline from those heights? Many Muslim and non-Muslim writers today answer this by blaming the West, but this just once again avoids the problem—for if Islam contains the means by which civilization can advance beyond anything the non-Muslim world has to offer, one would think that Muslims would be able to devise ways to circumvent the West’s deleterious influence.
Stay tuned for next year’s OSC spectacular, Christians Invented Pretty Much Everything and Jews Win All the Nobel Prizes Ha Ha!
Naw, I’m just joshin’.